Rugby Rugby

Kabras upset Impala to clinch first Kenya Cup title

Kabras RFC in action against Impala RFC.Photo/courtesy
Kabras RFC in action against Impala RFC.Photo/courtesy

NAIROBI, May 7 – After coming close last season, Kabras Sugar RFC were finally crowned 2016 Kenya Cup champions following their 19-5 victory over Impala Saracens at a soggy Impala club pitch on Saturday.

The win meant Kabras, who are based in the western part of Kenya, lifted their historic first Kenya Cup title since they were promoted in the league in 2014.

In the third place playoff, Kenya Harlequin beat outgoing champions KCB RFC 36-29 while Impala II won the Eric Shirley Shield after a 19-11 victory over Kabras Sugar.

In the decider, the Sugar Millers entered the encounter as underdogs having failed to top the Kenya cup table at any point of the season while on the other hand; Impala topped the Kenya cup table for a major part of the season and were considered favorites in this final.

Kabras who lost to KCB in last season’s Kenya cup final ,were not going to let it happen again despite the heavy downpour at the pitch.

The visitors went ahead 11-0 in the first half through two penalties and a try with Apenisa Natabua being sent to the bin minutes before half time and the hosts made the most of it, scoring a try before the break.

The weather conditions worsened when they returned with the rains ruining what would have been an amazing final.

Kabras would later go over the white wash twice to end the match at 19-5 to win the Kenya Cup for the first time ever.